5 Ways to Use Cara Cara and Blood Oranges Around the Home

Using Cara Cara and Blood oranges Around the Home:

Did you know that you can do so much more with oranges then just eat them? Of course we love them as a healthy snack, but we just learned even more ways to use Cara Cara and Blood oranges around the home from Limoneira. Read on to check out more ways to use this versatile fruit below:

Using Cara Cara and Blood Oranges Around the Home:

Deodorize: Squeeze the juice of a Cara Cara or blood orange and the juice of one lemon into the liquid detergent compartment. Run the dishwasher while empty and set to steam dry. The citric acid in the fruit will help neutralize the odor, leaving your kitchen smelling sweeter in no time!

Exfoliate: A good face scrub is a key component in any skincare routine. Take 2 TBSP coconut oil, ½ a juiced Cara Cara or blood orange, and ¾ cup coarse sugar. Mix together and use as an exfoliating scrub on clean hands or on your body.

Hydrate: Did you know that Vitamin C is good for your hair, as well as you skin? Create an orange-lemon rinse using: ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 cup warm water and 1 teaspoon honey. After straining the lemon and orange juice for pulp, add all ingredients together. After shampooing your hair as normal, pour the orange-lemon rinse into your hair slowly, massaging it into your scalp and working it through the hair to the ends. Leave in for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Your healthy, shiny hair will thank you!

Clean: What you’ll need: a glass jar, citrus peels (two oranges, one grapefruit and one lemon), white vinegar and a clear spray bottle. Simply trim away as much of the white pith as possible from the citrus peels and place in a jar. Pour in enough white vinegar to cover the peels and cover the top of the jar. Let this mixture sit for 1-2 weeks, or until the vinegar has turned dark orange. It should also smell of oranges – if it doesn’t, allow it to sit longer and/or add more peels. Shake the jar every 2 days to speed the process – then, transfer to spray bottle and use as desired.

Snack: Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend simply snacking on these delicious citrus fruits from time to time. Eating an orange a day can go a long way towards keeping your skin and hair healthy!

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Book Review: Eat with Intention and a Recipe!

Book Review: Eat with Intention

Without sounding too basic- we all have the power to make positive choices everyday. Both with food and our overall disposition. So why isn’t that always the case? Well, obviously there are a lot of other annoying things are at play that can influence our decisions to live a healthy life from stressful work situations to our friends to even being alone. However, after reading the new book Eat With Intention: Recipes and Meditations for a Life that Lights You Up by Cassandra Bodzak, a global meditation and wellness teacher, we feel better equipped to mentally tackle the many facets in our lives, enabling us to better connect to our minds and bodies.

Book Review: Eat with Intention

Though this gorgeous healthy living cookbook, Bodzak charts the course for a life-changing experience through the combines daily meditation with plant based recipes. This mind/food connection is the focal point of the book where you will discover some amazing recipes that start with various mediations. This was particularly eye-opening as Bodzak doesn’t focus on eliminating food groups or a trendy cleanse, but rather, her program is targeted towards listening to your body, quiet your mind, and quite literally, eat with intention.

With our busy lives that are only growing busier by the minute, we found the thoughtful mediations to be super specific, easy to follow and actually didn’t take that much time to try. Even taking a minute to focus on our breathing, mind and body, as charted by Bodazk, left us feeling lighter and more energized. Each mediation was also followed up an uplifting quote (we are suckers for those) that you can write down and refer to throughout the day. Overall, the book served as a gentle guide that nudged us along way, providing us with easy-to-understand guidance and resources in how live abundantly and more healthfully. And more so then that provided us with the tools to navigate the rocky terrain of our minds.

And of course we couldn’t do a review without mentioning the recipes. The pages of the book are filled with an incredible collection of delicious meals ranging from soups to salads to healthy bites for breakfast. Oh, and the desserts are not to missed where we loved trying out the key lime pie bars and cocoa cupcakes.

Below, we are happy to share a recipe from the book that demonstrates Bodzak’s mind/body/food practice.

eat with intention book and juice

Focus Potion

Distractions are everywhere these days, especially with smart phones and social media vying for our attention throughout the day. My daily focusing weapon is always my meditation and reciting what I’m here to do. What’s your mission statement? I’ll give you a hint: For all of us, at its core, it is being a living example of love incarnate. When we adjust our focus through our divine purpose, we have a lot more power when it comes to steering clear of mindless distractions. This potion is a bit of a secret weapon of mine for days when shiny objects are getting the better of me. The sweet combination of grapes with the alkalizing punch of kale and celery perks you up while magical rosemary focuses all that good energy in the area you need it!

DIVINE PURPOSE VISUALIZATION

Sit in easy pose with your eyes closed and focused on your third-eye point (the space between your eyebrows). Take long, deep breaths in through your nose and out your mouth. Feel your body come into a calm balance. Now, bring what your purpose on this planet is to the top of your mind. If you are unclear of what your purpose is, use “I am here to be love,” because that is all of our main purpose. Allow it to be your mantra for a few moments, letting it roll around your head, down your spine, and through your breath flow. Now bring to mind what this would look like to you. How do you behave? How do people around you feel and act? What’s the ripple effect in the world? Allow these images to flood your mind for the next 3 to 5 minutes before bringing yourself back to your original purpose statement, taking a deep breath in, holding it, and releasing it.

Yield: 1 serving INGREDIENTS 3 celery stalks 2 cups (134 g) baby kale 1 cup (150 g) grapes 3 drops rosemary essential oil 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, to garnish

1. Put celery, kale, and grapes into a juicer and juice into a large glass. 2. Stir in the rosemary oil, garnish with sprigs of rosemary, and serve immediately.

We were provided a sample for review. All opinions are our own.

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Chilling Out with the Cruelty-Free Scrubs from Beverly to 5th

cruely-free bath line from Beverly to 5th

Holla, it’s the weekend! While this time is still typically pretty busy with errands and such, it’s also a time where you might a have a little bit of energy to devote to that precious me-time. For us that is all about taking a relaxing bath or shower to literally scrub away the stress of the week. One product that we have been loving is the collection of natural scrubs from Beverly to 5th! Started by Andy Panteli, who wanted to bring elements of the natural Beverly Hills summer back to his 5th Avenue hometown. What resulted was a cruelty-free and natural skincare line where coffee is one of the main  ingredients. This includes a three-scrub collection that includes the Mandarin Orange Coffee ScrubCoconut Coffee Scrub, and a Peppermint Coffee Scrub that smells amazing and feels so soft and gentle on the skin.

Beyond being a natural line, we were really impressed by how it makes our skin so smooth as it works to exfoliate, moisturize, and even help with stretch marks, cellulite, and aging! And a little goes a long way that you simply scrub onto your skin and rinse. As an added bonus, the scrubs don’t contain paragons, artificial dye, artificial fragrance, petrochemicals, sulphates, formaldehyde. They carefully select their products so that you can rest assured that only placing the best ingredients on your body during your precious ‘chill-out’ time. Beverly to the 5th recommends that you use the product around 2-3 times per week to reap the benefits, and plus you’ll really want to after the first use. Soft skin ahead!

 

For more information, please check out: https://www.beverlyto5th.com/

We were provided samples for review. All of these opinions are our own.

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Book Review: 28-Day Plant-Powered Healthy Reboot

28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot book

There are aspects in all of our lives that we want to change, in one way or another. While some things may seem out of our control, there are many things that we can change with the right tools, motivation and help. Once such aspect is changing the way we eat (remember that New Year’s resolution?!). For us at Wellness Patterns, this means less sugar and more wholesome foods without feeling restricted a.k.a miserable all day long.

To help us out, we recently got tons of awesome advice from the new book, 28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot. Developed by registered dietitians, celebrated bloggers behind Food Heaven Made Easy and bi-coastal best friends (love that!) Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez created a non-intimidating guide to a calorie-controlled, budget-friendly, and vegetarian approach to hitting the reset button and revving-up your body’s natural detoxification process. Over the course of their 28-day plan, Jones and Lopez attest that their program can help detoxify the body as you learn how to fuel your body with delicious and wholesome plant-based meals.

This includes tons of helpful sample meal plans, grocery lists, and mouth-watering recipes–all designed to empower the reader to get organized and find the best plan for your taste preferences and lifestyle. A fantastic primer if you want to better understood food, the book kicks off with an informative guide to calories, nutrients, and the plant-based lifestyle. And, and of course, our favorite part – the book is filled with 100 amazing recipes that are around 300 and 500 calories per meal and designed to be “simple, delicious, nutritious, and fun.” This include Savory Quinoa Egg Muffins, Sweet Potato Burrito Bowl with Green Rice, Quick and Easy Huevos Rancheros Tostadas, Chewy Cranberry Energy Balls and much more!

A comprehensive guide to resetting your body, eating right and feeling amazing, this one must-have book to check out as you kick-off your 2017 goals.

 

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New Must-Have: Hello Aglow Clear Skin Elixir

Hello Aglow Clear Skin Elixir

Having problem skin sucks. There’s really no way to get around that fact. As someone who has had a dot pop up on her skin since she was 15-years-old, I’ve been on a mission to better understand my finicky skin to figure out how to treat, and hopefully eventually heal it! Diet has been a huge factor in changing the way my skin looks (and feels!) as I’m still continuing to figure out what foods cause flare-ups and which ones my skin is cool with. But even with my love of kale salads and trying so, so hard to break-up with ice cream, I still occasionally break out!

So, in the quest to calm down the flare-ups and bumps, I’ve also been vigilant about seeking out products that clear up my skin, and hopefully help not to leave any scars in their wakes. An issue that’ve noticed with over-the-counter acne products is that they are super harsh, often leaving my skin red, tingly, and even burning. Yikes! Since I try to eat as healthy and with organic foods as much as possible, it makes sense that my beauty regime follows suit, which is how I recently found out about the Clear Skin Elixir from Hello Aglow.

This overnight pink clay mask has been a wonder! Containing no (as in zero) Parabens or Pegs, the elixir (don’t you just love that word?!) contains 19 whole, plant and organic ingredients such as French pink clay, coral, and raspberry seed oil that works to smooth and refine your pores. Having been using this product for a few weeks, I am loving how it calms down my oily skin as it works to regulate my skin and crazy oil levels. Having tried tons of products in the past, I love how it doesn’t burn or irritate my skin where I wake up with smoother skin that’s way less irritated and red. It is also said to reduce enlarged pores, scars, and inflammation, so I can’t wait to continue to use it to see those results. Great for skin that’s sensitive, blemish Prone, oily, and mature, you simply have to apply a layer of the gentle mask to your skin as it helps to hydrate and provide nutrients to your face.

While this mask is a higher price point ($49 per bottle), I found that it’s worth it because it is actually working! And it contains natural ingredients that aren’t causing my skin to freak out.

And when you sign up, you’ll get a really informative Healthy Skin from Hello Aglow that I often reference as I continue my path to clearer skin.

Check out Hello Aglow at https://helloaglow.com/

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UNICEF Launches Early Moments Matter Campaign

UNICEF Launches Early Moments Matter Campaign

We all know about the power of brain development and how crucial it is during those first years. In fact, the brain develops at an incredible speed during those 1,000 days of life where a three-year-olds brain is twice as active as an adults?!. However, there are many children out there that are not fortunate to have someone look after them and nourish their developing minds.

In response to this growing issue, UNICEF recently launched #EarlyMomentsMatter, a new campaign supported by the LEGO Foundation to drive increased awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences on the developing brain.

During this critical time, brain cells can make up to 1,000 new connections every second that contribute to children’s brain function and learning, and lay the foundation for their future health and happiness. A lack of nurturing care – which includes adequate nutrition, stimulation, love and protection from stress and violence – can impede the development of these critical connections.

According to a recent series in The Lancet nearly 250 million children in developing countries are at risk of poor development due to stunting and poverty. But the need for greater investment and action in early childhood development is not limited to low-income countries. Disadvantaged children living in middle- and high-income countries are also at risk. UNICEF estimates that millions more children are spending their formative years growing up in unstimulating and unsafe environments, putting their cognitive, social and emotional development at risk.

According to a recent series in The Lancet nearly 250 million children in developing countries are at risk of poor development due to stunting and poverty. But the need for greater investment and action in early childhood development is not limited to low-income countries. Disadvantaged children living in middle- and high-income countries are also at risk. UNICEF estimates that millions more children are spending their formative years growing up in unstimulating and unsafe environments, putting their cognitive, social and emotional development at risk.

The campaign kicks off with #EatPlayLove – a digital and print initiative aimed at parents and caregivers that shares the neuroscience on how babies’ brains develop. #EatPlayLove assets explain the science in a straightforward, visually interesting way to encourage parents and caregivers to continue to make the most of this unrivaled opportunity to provide their children with the best possible start in life.

Investment in early childhood is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing the ability of all children to reach their full potential – increasing their ability to learn in school and, later, their earning capacity as adults. This is especially significant for children growing up in poverty. One 20-year study showed that disadvantaged children who participated in quality early childhood development programs as toddlers went on to earn up to 25 per cent more as adults than their peers who did not receive the same support.

Early childhood development interventions, such as the Care for Child Development package that includes training community health workers to teach families about the importance of playing with their children in a way that stimulates healthy development can cost as little as 50 cents (USD) per capita per year, when combined with existing health services.

UNICEF is calling for governments to increase investments in early childhood, expand health and social services offered to young children, and strengthen support services for parents and caregivers.

Please check out their Dear Baby video that highlights the importance of this issue:

For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.

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5 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

5 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

This weather sucks! From the constant colds to the dreary weather, it’s no wonder that we find ourselves hibernating, counting down the days to spring. Since part of our wellbeing depends on how we treat ourselves, it’s crucial to fuel our bodies with immune boosting vitamins and minerals found in a whole food diet. To help us out, Sara Siskind, Certified Nutritional Health Counselor and founder of Hands on Healthy has come up with five of her favorite immune boosting foods you can add into your diet to help you feel your best all winter long. Read on to check out some of her favorites:

5 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

1. Eat colorful fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals. Reach for red and pink grapefruits, oranges, kiwis, and berries. Choose cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts. These fruits and veggies are not only loaded with essential vitamins and phytonutrients, but they are also rich in antioxidants which give your immune system a boot and help build up your digestive track.

2. Add in pistachios as a heart healthy, protein rich snack. Pistachios are also rich in antioxidants and the heart healthy fats to help your body absorb vitamin E. Vitamin E is needed by the immune system to fight off invading bacteria. Pistachios are also rich in vitamin B6 which also helps prevent infection and create healthy red blood cells your body needs. We love the Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites that we pop into our bag when we are on-the-go.

3. Look for omega 3 fatty acids and selenium which are found in shellfish, salmon, mackerel, and herring. These foods help white blood cells produce a protein which helps clear flu viruses out of the body. Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body by clearing the lungs pathways. This can help protect from colds and respiratory infections.

4. Make yogurt your go-to breakfast or snack. Yogurt contains probiotics; “healthy bacteria” that your body needs to keep your immune system strong and keeps your digestive free of disease causing germs. Yogurt is also filled with protein that keeps your body energized and strong.

5. Spice up your food with turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. These spices are especially known to contain antioxidants that help to protect your cells and keep inflammation in the body down. I add turmeric to soups, eggs, rice, and poultry. Fresh grated ginger brings warmth to any beverage. Cinnamon can be sprinkled on oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, and easily added to anything you bake.

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New Healthy Restaurant in California: Wild Living Foods

Wild Living Foods: Neo-Pueblo, Plant-Based Restaurant in L.A.
Basil pesto kelp pasta. Photo courtesy of Wild Living Foods

We are so excited about the opening of a new healthy food restaurant over in Los Angeles. husband and wife team Richard Torres and Lizbeth Sanchez, Wild Living Foods is a casual and stylish “Neo-Pueblo” inspired plant-based all-day restaurant. The concept is inspired by the couple’s “Food Is Spirit” philosophy, with the goal of educating others about the power of clean food and its healing qualities.

Wild Living Foods
Black Sesame milkshake. Photo courtesy of Wild Living Foods

More about Wild Living Foods

With over 40-years of combined experience cooking gourmet plant-based cuisine, the culinary team is led by executive chef Belinda Wei, chef de cuisine Alex Gomez, and sous chef Abel Gomez (husband of Alex). Serving a diverse menu including dishes such as warm kelp noodle pasta, quinoa bowls, and signature salads like Ojai Ranch and medicinal herb salads, all dishes will highlight local, organic ingredients. Wild Living Foods will also feature a wide variety of grab-n-go items made fresh each day, throughout the day, giving locals living and working in Downtown LA and adjacent neighborhoods the opportunity to eat clean, feel energized, and keep powering through their busy schedules.

Wild Living Foods Portobello burger
Portobello burger. Photo courtesy of Wild Living Foods
Wild Living Foods
Healthy sweets. Courtesy of Wild Living Foods

Spearheading the beverage program is Santino Rice, best known for his appearances on Project Runway, On The Road With Austin & Santino and RuPaul’s Drag Race. In line with Wild Living Foods philosophy that “Food is Spirit” with medicinal benefits, Rice is introducing a wide assortment of: juices and tonics that target various improving digestion, building natural immunities, and detoxification; healing elixirs that assist with one’s mood, performance, and breathing; and creamy milkshakes made with power foods and activated smoothies made with superfoods and other active ingredients.

Gorgeous decor at Wild Living Foods.
Gorgeous decor at Wild Living Foods.

The 2,800-square-foot-space features a bright and beautiful Neo-Pueblo design, anchored by a large, multi-wall, hand-painted mural by artist Jaque Fragua from Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico. His work features elements inspired from traditional Native American ceramics, blankets, and other motifs of traditional design, bridging Neo-Pueblo aesthetic with the all-natural, earth-based dishes offered. In addition, owners Liz and Richard worked with local artisans and craftspersons to create many of the other unique and stunning design elements by-hand, including the entire back wall of Wild Living Foods which is covered with reclaimed wood from vintage wine barrels, hand-cut and stained. In addition, the space features original 1928 vintage Malibu Potteries tiles running along the salad and remedy bars. Malibu Potteries tiles – were only produced in limited supply at the original factory just east of Malibu Pier, from 1926-1932 – are famous for also gracing countless historic homes and buildings in Los Angeles, including the Adamson House, The Mayan Theatre, and Los Angeles City Hall.

Wild Living Foods Info:

Wild Living Foods
760 Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
213.266.8254.

Wild Living Foods will be open seven days a week: Monday-Friday, 8am-Midnight; Saturday, 9am-Midnight; Sunday, 9am-7pm. For more information visit http://www.wildlivingfoods.com/. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @wildlivingfoods for current updates.

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Beautiful Rights Gives Back to Women’s Causes

New Beautiful Rights Campaign
Looking for a holiday gift option? Consider beautiful rights and their mission to give back to women’s causes.

Beauty products that give back? Sign us up! A new cause-driven makeup initiative, Beautiful Rights (love that name!), was started by renowned makeup artist and product developer, Kristen Therese Leonard, to ensure that women’s rights continue to be given their share of voice in our country’s future.

This is certainly prevalent as we enter into 2017 with real concerns regarding women’s rights are upon us. Beautiful Rights was created to remind every woman to speak up, and that the responsibility lies within each of us to protect the rights we’ve fought so hard to acquire.

Through this initiative, Beautiful Rights will promote women’s rights by donating 20% of all sales (not profits) to organizations that support various causes, such as Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Emily’s List, Lambda Legal and Legal Momentum. The 20% contribution is set as a reminder of the fact that women in the U.S. still get paid 20% less than men for doing the same work.

Not only will Beautiful Rights fuel great initiatives, the company also provides high quality, luxury beauty products. Their formulas have been developed with the highest grade, exclusive blend of natural oils, such as Coconut, Avocado, Jojoba, Grapeseed and Olive — along with other lip-loving ingredients — to deliver added benefits and a luxurious experience with each swipe of lipstick or gloss.

Beautiful Rights offers lip products in universally flattering shades that will wear beautifully on all women, with one sheer, shimmering lip gloss, “Gloss Ceiling” and two shades of creamy, long wearing lipstick, in “Pantsuit Pink” and “Politically Pout.”

Beautiful Rights products are available for pre-order for $24 each, or as a bundle for $64. The products will be available to ship on December 19th, the day the electoral college votes of course.

For more info, please visit: www.BeautifulRights.com.

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Easy, Healthy Chili Recipe

Easy, Healthy Chili Recipe

Not sure about you, but we hate the cold weather! But we have to deal with multiple layers and comforting meals to warm us up. With that we’ve been trading in our everyday healthy staples: you know salads, smoothies and so on for heartier a.k.a warmer food options like a soup and a comforting bowl of chili. Typically, though, chili offers little in the healthy department so we decided to slightly alter this standard dish changing into a healthy chili. What is that really? Well, basically it includes a lot of the same elements of a traditional chili with some slight upgrades (yes, kale is involved). Read on to check out our easy, healthy chili recipe that’s sure to be a favorite this winter.

Healthy Chili Recipe for Winter

Ingredients:

1/2 red onion, cut up
1/2 clove of garlic, cut up
3-4 stalks of carrots, cut up
1/2 cup of frozen kale or spinach
1 sweet potato
1/2 cup of corn
2 cans of organic black or kidney beans
1 package organic beef (optional)
1 package of tomato sauce
1 tomato, cut up
1 lime
splash of olive oil
dash of cinnamon
dash of turmeric
dash of cumin
salt and pepper

Optional: sour cream, cheese, avocados

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. When ready, place your sweet potato inside the oven and let cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Then, cut up the onions and garlic and place them in a pot. Turn the heat on a low-setting, add some oil. Wash the beans and add them in, along with the tomato sauce. Add in your spices (turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, chili spice, salt and pepper). Add in your kale (or spinach), carrots, and corn. Stir. Add some oil and cut up garlic to a separate pan. Add the meat and let cook. When the meat is ready, add it to the chili pot. Squeeze the lime into the pot. Stir and cover. When the sweet potato is ready, get it out of the oven, cut it up and add it to the pot. Stir and let cook for another 10 minutes. Garnish with avocados, cheese and sour cream (if desired). Enjoy!

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